Patricia Miller-Schroeder

Professor Emeritus
University of Calgary MA Biological Anthropology

E-mail: Patricia.Miller-Schroeder@uregina.ca
Fax: 306-585-4815

Current classes
Winter 2020 - WGST 201-397

Research interests
Women and the environment, women's reproduction and reproductive processes, motherhood, mothering and mothers, women as scientists and as subjects/objects of scientific research, women and human evolution, special interest in examining linkages between all of the above as well as how they can be empowering or oppressive to women, women's creative writing, autobiography, memoir and life story as process and empowerment.

Pat Miller-Schroeder is a tenured Instructor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of Regina. Her research and teaching is inter-disciplinary in nature and often at the intersection of culture, science and gender.  She is increasingly turning to the use of creative non-fiction, fiction, narrative and auto-ethnography in her writing, research and teaching. She has recently completed an adventure novel Sisters of the Wolf about two girls on a dangerous quest 35,000 years ago in Ice-Age Europe. Pat has also published 17 non-fiction books for children in the areas of science, the environment and natural history as well as writing and researching the animal biography television series Wild Lives as well as several other educational films.

Other Publications

An Evolutionary Motherline: Great Ape Mothers and Hominin Foremothers. (2012). In Michelle Walks and Naomi McPherson (eds.). An Anthropology of Mothering, 67 - 82.  Toronto: Demeter Press.

Teaching About Women, the Environment and Mother Earth. (2011). In Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement: Special Issue Mothering and the Environment: the Natural, the Social and the Built, Vol 2.1: 67 - 80.

Mothering Under Duress. (2010). In Shawna Geissler, Lynn Loutzenhiser, Jocelyne Praud and Leesa Streifler (eds.). Mothering Canada: Interdisciplinary Voices, 134 - 139. Toronto: Demeter Press

Conference Presentations

"Reclaiming Women's Control of Their Own Pregnancies and Childbirth" paper presented at the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) International Conference on Mothering and Reproduction.  Toronto, Ontario, October 18 - 20, 2012.

"The Role of Life-Writing in Restoring My Mother's Life and Motherline" paper presented at the Canadian Women's Studies Association (CWSA) Annual Conference at the CFHSS Congress in Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 28 - 31, 2011.

"Teaching About Maternal Life-Writing and Empowerment" paper presented at the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) International Conference on Mothering, Education and Maternal Pedagogies in Toronto, Ontario, October 20 - 22, 2011.

"The Evolutionary Motherline" paper presented at Mothering and the Environment: the Natural, the Social and the Built.  The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) International Conference.  York University: Toronto.  October 22-25, 2009.

"Primate Mothers: Maternal Strategies and the Environment" paper presented at Mothering and the Environment: the Natural, the Social and the Built.  The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) International Conference.  York University: Toronto. October 22-25, 2009.

"Teaching About Motherhood and Teaching About the Environment" paper presented at Mothering and the Environment: the Natural, the Social and the Built.  The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) International Conference.  York University: Toronto.  October 22-25, 2009.

"My Mother, Myself" paper presented at Maternal Health and Well-Being Conference.  The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) International Conference.  York University: Toronto.  October 18-20, 2007.

"Unnatural Mothers: Cross-Species Boundaries" paper presented at Maternal Health and Well-Being Conference.  The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) International Conference.  York University: Toronto.  October 18-20, 2007.

Courses Developed

Women, Environment and Change

Women and Reproductive Technologies: Ancient and Modern

Motherhood and Mothering

Feminism, Gender and Science

Women's Autobiography, Life-Writing and Empowerment

Mother Nature, Natural Mothers and the Nature of Mothering

Introductory Screenwriting

Introductory Documentary Writing